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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (1 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099422425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099422426
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Steve Earle leans hard on his own tough experience as a junkie and jailbird to produce a series of gut-wrenching tales filled with humanity" (Time Out)

"Doghouse Roses is the real thing, a collection of spare, economical and truly compelling tales, as well-crafted as the songs, and just as moving. Earle takes risks; he cares about his characters, and he cares about language. "The Witness" is as well-paced and urgent as any story I have read in the past several years, and would certainly stand its ground alongside the established masters" (Scotsman)

"Heartfelt, romantic, they are thoughtful and genuinely hardbitten. An impressive and engaging debut" (Times Literary Supplement)

"Meticulously crafted character studies that assess and re-assess the human condition...consolidates an already brilliant but tumultuous career. In keeping with another great chronicler of the American male, John Steinbeck" (Observer)

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'A beautiful and moving collection of short stories by one of our greatest songwriters. It reads like a collaboration between Steinbeck and Kerouac and Bukowski. Steve Earle has taken the great American road song and set it to prose' Jay McInerney

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Smokey Joe on 19 Sept. 2004
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Of course, a lot of this book is highly biographical. But then, when you've crammed the kind of life experiences that Earle has into his forty-some years the result is a collage of quasi-fiction which is delivered with convincing authority. I was afraid that Earle might try too hard in his prose and in fact he has been as spare and to the point as in his poetry.
The title story, "Doghouse Roses" gives us an insight into how Earle must have felt as he spun further out of control in the grip of his addiction.
Although it is possible to detect personal reference in the stories (as described in Lauren St John's excellent biography of Earle, 'Hardcore Troubadour'), Earle nevertheless demonstrates a tremendous scope of imagination in the breadth of his subjects, such as the heartrending "Jaguar Dance", about trying to cross from Mexico into the US, and the authoratative "Renunion", set in modern day Vitenam.
There is a tremendous breadth of subjects in these short stories which leave the reader anxious for more of the same. Given the prolific nature of Earle's creative activities, hopefully we won't have to wait too long for his written release.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. R. R. Stewart on 15 July 2001
Format: Hardcover
I've been listening to Steve Earler since the late eighties, and the, 'Copperhead Road' album, and have seen him live through the many changes he's undergone. His road has been a long one, a tale that's reflected often in his songs. He is without doubt, one of the foremost songwriters of the times. It is, however, with some trepidation that I approached this book. It had been heralded with more than a few, 'rave' reviews (never a good sign), but having enjoyed his music for so long I gave him the benefit of the doubt. There's a range of short-story styles in the book, and a heavy emphasis, on drug-related tales (but don't let this put you off). His gift as a story-teller, passes well into the written word, as opposed to lyrics, and he has a sharp eye for observed detail which makes for colourful stories. I was most impressed, which is quite something, given the trepidation I approached the book with. It's not just an expansion of his lyrics, I certainly don't think he'd have been happy with that, it's a storyteller, giving a different slant on things. Quite refreshing really......
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. R. R. Stewart on 18 July 2001
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I've been a fan of Steve Earle since the Copperhead Road tour way back in the late 1980's, but I have to say I approached this book with some trepidation, not knowing how well his gift for songwriting would translate into the written word. Much of Earl's music has a heavy autobiographical element, and the same may be said of these short stories, as clearly he writes with a passion about subjects close to his own heart, and about which he can speak with authority. I needn't have worried, I enjoyed the book immensly, although the heavy emphasis on drug related stories could have been tedious, Earle's talent as a wordsmith, ensured it never wore thin. If you like his music, go read the book, you'll more than likely enjoy it too. If you've never heard his stuff give it a try. He took his heart off his sleeve, and put it on the page.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By carolinedud@aol.com on 18 July 2001
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Anyone who is familiar with the music and songs of Steve Earle will know of his extravagant use of language. What is a new joy in his written work is his ability to speak in many voices. Each authentic American voice is invested with the insight of Earle's eventful life, often very closely indeed. Anyone who knows of Steve Earle's life will not be surprised that the subjects of his stories which give an insider's view of the world of the drug addict and country singer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "thedukeofearle" on 17 Nov. 2002
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Having been a fan of Earles music for many years i was more than a little intrigued to find out what an actual book by the man himself would be like. I was not disapointed. Tales of love, sorrow, life, death, drugs and a little rock n roll thrown in for good measure.A couple of the stories obviously borrow quite heavily from his real life experiences and they are all the more poignant for that. "The American" is a character who spans three of the stories and is an almost Clint Eastwood/man with no name participant in the stories. A genuine anti-hero brought forward by Earles sharp, gritty imagination. I smiled, frowned, raised my eyebrows throughout. A short but satisfying read which i would recommend to anyone.
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